MALVERN, Pa., Oct. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Meridian Corporation (Nasdaq: MRBK) today reported:

             
 2020 2020 2020 2019 
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)3rd QTR 2nd QTR 1st QTR  3rd QTR 
Income:            
Net income - consolidated$ 9,212 $ 5,713 $ 2,516 $ 3,317 
Diluted earnings per common share$ 1.51 $ 0.94 $ 0.39 $ 0.52 

“Meridian achieved historic earnings for the third quarter, with annualized return on average equity of 29.30% and annualized return on average assets of 2.29%. This resulted from cyclical and seasonally-high mortgage production, as well as growth in our core commercial loan business, including SBA loan and sale activities,” said Christopher J. Annas, Chairman and CEO. “The strength in housing throughout our markets in PA/NJ/DE/MD has provided lending opportunities in our construction business, and tremendous demand in mortgage.  Despite the pandemic, our consistent outreach efforts are resulting in double digit commercial loan growth, which includes our new leasing business. We have also benefited from executing PPP loans for non-customers who bring their other business to us.”

“The mortgage business, which we expanded this year by bringing on a high-performing team in the MD/DC region, has been profitable for us each year since inception in 2010. It’s been a good hedge recently, as declining rates boost the refinance and purchase business while it narrowed our net interest margin. With an estimated $10 trillion in refi-eligible mortgage loans remaining, we think the business can stay robust for the next few quarters.”

“We are closely watching certain modified loans and other loans we consider at risk due to the COVID-19 induced economic slowdown.  We added $4.0 million in loan loss provisions during the quarter to address the general deterioration in economic conditions,” Annas continued.  The ratio of allowance for loan losses to total loans held for investment, was 1.27% as of September 30, 2020, up from the 0.98% recorded as of December 31, 2019. The ratio of allowance for loan losses to total loans held for investment, excluding loans at fair value and PPP loans (a non-GAAP measure), was 1.59% as of September 30, 2020, up from the 1.00% recorded as of December 31, 2019.

COVID-19 Pandemic Response Update

  • SBA Paycheck Protection Program.  As of September 30, 2020, Meridian has assisted 928 clients in need of short-term funding by providing nearly $260 million in PPP loans. Our PPP team has now moved on to working with borrowers to assist them through the forgiveness process.
  • Industry Exposure.  Meridian continues to monitor businesses substantially impacted by the pandemic. Commercial portfolios such as retail trade, hospitality, residential spec construction and advertising/marketing are notably more affected and have required assistance. At September 30, 2020, Meridian’s exposure as a percent of the total commercial loan portfolio to these industries was 1.9%, 1.9%, 5.0%, and 1.5%, respectively.
  • Assistance Provided to Loan Customers.  During the pandemic, Meridian also worked with commercial, construction and residential loan customers to provide assistance. In total, $154.1 million of  loans covering approximately 200 borrowers were assisted with loan payment holidays of 3-6 months.  As of October 23, 2020,  $135.0 million of loans had returned to their original payment terms with $19.1 million in loans still in forbearance.
  • Loan Loss Reserve.  Meridian recorded a provision for loan losses of $4.0 million for the third quarter of 2020, in addition to the $3.2 million already provided for during the first and second quarters of 2020 combined, due to the continued economic uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. $1.5 million of the third quarter provision was related to a specific reserve placed on an impaired commercial loan.
  • Liquidity and Capital Management.  Meridian continues to be well positioned with adequate levels of cash, liquid assets, capital and reserves as of September 30, 2020.  At September 30, 2020, Meridian’s tangible common equity to average tangible asset ratio was 7.26% and  total risked based capital was 14.71%. All capital ratios are well in excess of regulatory requirements.

Income Statement Highlights

Third quarter 2020 compared with second quarter 2020:

  • Net income was $9.2 million, an increase of $3.5 million, or 61.3%, driven by strong non-interest income for the quarter.
  • Pre-tax, pre-provision income for the quarter was $15.9 million, an increase of $6.9 million or 76.5%. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure is included in the Appendix.
  • Total revenue was $44.9 million, an increase of $11.2 million or 33.2%.
  • Net interest income increased $1.1 million, or 9.7%, with interest expense down $293 thousand or 8.5%.
  • Non-interest income increased $10.4 million or 55.5%, driven by mortgage banking revenue, fee income and gains on sale of securities.
    •  Mortgage banking net revenue increased $5.0 million, or 29.9%, due to higher levels of originations and refinancings stemming from the historically low rate environment as well as the expansion of our mortgage division into Maryland that took place in the first quarter of 2020.
    • The increase in mortgage pipeline generated significant positive fair value changes in both derivative instruments as well as loans held-for-sale of $6.0 million, combined.  These changes were partially offset by hedging losses of $2.6 million.
    • The net gain on sale of investment securities available for sale increased $1.3 million.
    • Other fee income was up $390 thousand, or 91.4%, as fees for various services were up quarter over quarter due to an increase in business activity.
  • Provision for loan losses was $4.0 million compared to the second quarter 2020 provision for loan losses of $1.6 million.
  • Non-interest expenses increased $4.6 million, or 21.5%, driven by an increase in salaries and benefits.
  • On October 22, 2020, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.125 per common share, payable November 23, 2020, to shareholders of record as of November 9, 2020.

Balance Sheet Highlights

September 30, 2020 compared to December 31, 2019:

  • Total assets increased $608.6 million, or 52.9%, to $1.8 billion as of September 30, 2020.
  • Total loans increased $342.1 million, or 35.5%, to $1.3 billion as of September 30, 2020.  PPP loans contributed $254.2 million net to this increase.
  • Mortgage loans held for sale increased $191.4 million, or 568%, to $225.2 million as of September 30, 2020.
  • Mortgage segment originated $1.5 billion in loans year-to-date September 30, 2020.
  • Total deposits grew $357.9 million, or 42.0%, to $1.2 billion as of September 30, 2020.
  • Non-interest bearing deposits grew $54.4 million, or 39.0%, to $193.9 million as of September 30, 2020.
  • Borrowings from the Federal Reserve’s Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility (“PPPLF”) were $236.0 million as of September 30, 2020.
  • Meridian repurchased 316,625 shares of its common stock in the first quarter of 2020, at an average price of $18.10, fulfilling the previously announced repurchase authorization.
  • Meridian Corporation established a $2 million stock purchase authorization with the Meridian Corporation Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”).  As of September 30, 2020 the ESOP had fully utilized the $2 million loan to purchase Meridian Corporation common shares.

Select Condensed Financial Information

               
 For the Quarter Ended (Unaudited)
 2020 2020 2020 2019 2019
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)September 30 June 30 March 31 December 31 September 30
Income:              
Net income - consolidated$ 9,212  $ 5,713  $ 2,516  $ 3,137  $ 3,317 
Basic earnings per common share$ 1.51  $ 0.94  $ 0.39  $ 0.49  $ 0.52 
Diluted earnings per common share$ 1.51  $ 0.94  $ 0.39  $ 0.49  $ 0.52 
Net interest income - consolidated$ 12,715  $ 11,597  $ 9,666  $ 9,664  $ 9,274 
               
 At the Quarter Ended (Unaudited)
 2020 2020 2020 2019 2019
 September 30 June 30 March 31 December 31 September 30
Balance Sheet:              
Total assets$ 1,758,648  $ 1,579,083  $ 1,303,442  $ 1,150,019  $ 1,126,937 
Loans, net of fees and costs  1,306,846    1,262,968    1,021,561    964,710    935,858 
Total deposits  1,209,024    1,166,697    993,753    851,168    858,461 
Non-interest bearing deposits  193,851    214,367    140,826    139,450    129,302 
Stockholders' Equity  131,832    125,518    118,033    120,695    117,772 
               
 At the Quarter Ended (Unaudited)
 2020 2020 2020 2019 2019
 September 30 June 30 March 31 December 31 September 30
Balance Sheet (Average Balances):              
Total assets$ 1,598,306  $ 1,477,120  $ 1,156,682  $ 1,105,246  $ 1,059,456 
Loans, net of fees and costs  1,275,046    1,194,197    981,303    956,598    912,781 
Total deposits  1,180,332    1,155,690    926,741    859,611    844,568 
Non-interest bearing deposits  193,020    223,253    137,141    137,578    126,101 
Stockholders' Equity  125,053    119,937    120,469    119,575    116,547 
               
 At the Quarter Ended (Unaudited)
 2020 2020 2020 2019 2019
 September 30 June 30 March 31 December 31 September 30
Performance Ratios:              
Return on average assets - consolidated 2.29%  1.56%  0.87%  1.13%  1.24%
Return on average equity - consolidated 29.30%  19.16%  8.40%  10.41%  11.29%

 

Income Statement Summary

Third Quarter 2020 Compared to Second Quarter 2020

Net income was $9.2 million, or $1.51 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2020 compared to net income of $5.7 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2020. The increase quarter-over-quarter was due largely to the increase in net interest income of $1.1 million, combined with increased non-interest income of $10.4 million, partially offset by increases in the provision for loan losses, non-interest expense and income taxes of $2.3 million, $4.6 million, and $1.1 million, respectively. 

Net interest income increased $1.1 million, or 9.7%, to $12.7 million from $11.6 million for the second quarter of 2020.  The growth in net interest income for the third quarter of 2020 compared to the second quarter of 2020 reflects an increase in average interest earning assets of $127.2 million.  The increase in average interest earning assets over this period was the result of increased PPP loans, commercial real estate loans, along with an increase to the average balance on residential real estate loans held for sale.  The net interest margin held steady at 3.26% for the third quarter of 2020 compared to 3.27% for the second quarter due to a 21 basis point decline in interest expense on deposits which nearly offset the decline in the yield on the loan portfolio.  The margin was impacted 21 basis points from the effects of the PPP loan program combined with the use of PPPLF borrowings.

The provision for loan losses was $4.0 million for the third quarter of 2020, compared to a $1.6 million provision for the second quarter of 2020. These provisions were due largely to qualitative provisioning for the continued economic uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, while the third quarter provision was also impacted by a $1.5 million specific reserve placed on an impaired commercial loan.

Total non-interest income for the third quarter of 2020 was $29.1 million, up $10.4 million or 55.5%, from the second quarter of 2020. This increase in non-interest income came primarily from our mortgage division. Mortgage banking net revenue increased $5.0 million or 29.9% over the second quarter of 2020.  The significant increase in the third quarter of 2020 came from increased levels of mortgage loan originations due to both the expansion of the division into Maryland as well as the favorable rate environment for refinance activity. Our mortgage division originated $708.1 million in loans during the three months ended September 30, 2020, an increase of $172.2 million, or 32.1%, from the prior quarter.  Refinance activity represented 54% of the total residential mortgage loans originated for the third quarter of 2020, compared to 64% for the second quarter of 2020.  The increase in the mortgage pipeline as a result of the expansion and the refinance activity generated significant positive fair value changes in derivative instruments and loans held-for-sale.  These fair value changes increased non-interest income a combined $3.0 million during the third quarter of 2020 compared to the second quarter of 2020.  The decrease in net hedging losses of $664 thousand also had a positive impact on non-interest income.

Wealth management revenue increased $98 thousand, or 11.5%, quarter-over-quarter due to the more favorable market conditions that existed in the third quarter, compared to the second quarter.  Wealth management revenue is largely based on the valuation of assets under management measured at the end of the prior quarter, therefore this revenue for the third quarter was aided by the rebound of the financial markets at the end of the second quarter, despite the impact of the pandemic.

Non-interest income from the sales of investments amounted to $1.3 million during the quarter.  Other fee income was up $390 thousand or 91.1% from the second quarter of 2020 due to $188 thousand in swap fee income recorded in the third quarter of 2020, combined with an increase of $85 thousand in MLSS fee income as loan closing activity increased quarter over quarter. Fee income was also up due to an increase of $73 thousand in other mortgage fee income.

Total non-interest expense for the third quarter of 2020 was $25.8 million, up $4.6 million or 21.5%, from the second quarter of 2020.  The increase is largely attributable to the variable expenses from our mortgage division during the quarter, particularly commissions.  Total salaries and employee benefits expense was $20.4 million, an increase of $4.2 million or 26.2%, compared to the second quarter of 2020. Of this increase, $3.0 million relates to the mortgage division.  Full-time equivalent employees, particularly in the mortgage division, increased quarter over quarter. As noted above, in the first quarter of 2020 we expanded our mortgage division into Maryland and to date we have hired nearly 90 individuals.

Advertising expenses increased by $176 thousand or 29.1% during the third quarter of 2020, due mainly to an increase in marketing related costs from the mortgage division. Professional fees decreased $89 thousand or 11.6%, from the second quarter of 2020 due a decrease in certain audit related fees and external legal costs, offset by an increase in consulting costs due to an increase in projects of the bank. 

Third Quarter 2020 Compared to Third Quarter 2019

Net income was $9.2 million, or $1.51 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2020 compared to net income of $3.3 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2019. The increase was due largely to the increase in interest income on loans, combined with an increase in mortgage banking activity. 

Net interest income increased $3.4 million, or 37.1%, over net interest income of $9.3 million for the third quarter of 2019.  The growth in net interest income for the third quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019 reflects an increase in average interest earning assets of $538.1 million partially offset by the decrease in the net interest margin of 35 basis points. The decrease in net interest margin is a result of the 122 basis point decline overall in the yield on the loan portfolio, offset somewhat by a 111 basis point decline in interest expense on deposit balances. 

The provision for loan losses of $4.0 million for the third quarter of 2020 was due largely to qualitative provisioning for the continued economic uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with a $1.5 million specific reserve placed on an impaired commercial loan.  The provision for loan losses was $705 thousand for the third quarter of 2019.

Total non-interest income for the third quarter of 2020 was $29.1 million, up $19.9 million or 215.6% from the comparable period in 2019. This overall increase in non-interest income came primarily from our mortgage division. Mortgage banking net revenue increased $14.5 million or 198.2% over the third quarter of 2019.  The significant increase in 2020 came from increased levels of mortgage loan originations due to both the expansion of the division into Maryland as well as the favorable rate environment for refinance activity. Our mortgage division originated $708.1 million in loans during the third quarter of 2020, an increase of $517.4 million, or 271.2%, from the third quarter of 2019.  Refinance activity represented 54% of the total loans originated for the third quarter of 2020, compared to 46% for the third quarter of 2019.  The increase in the mortgage pipeline as a result of the expansion and the refinance activity generated significant positive fair value changes in derivative instruments and loans held-for-sale.  These fair value changes increased non-interest income a combined $6.0 million during the third quarter of 2020 compared to an increase of $54 thousand for the third quarter of 2019. These changes were offset by increases in net hedging losses of $2.3 million for the third quarter of 2020.

Non-interest income from the sales of SBA 7(a) loans increased $23 thousand year-over-year as the number of loans sold for the three months ended September 30, 2020 outpaced the number of SBA loans sold in the prior year comparable quarter.  Wealth management revenue increased $29 thousand year-over-year due to the favorable market conditions discussed above.  Other fee income was up $387 thousand or 89.8% from the third quarter of 2019 due to $188 thousand in swap fee income recorded in the third quarter of 2020, combined with an increase of $85 thousand in MLSS fee income as loan closing activity increased quarter over quarter. Fee income was also up due to an increase of $73 thousand in other mortgage fee income.

Total non-interest expense for the third quarter of 2020 was $25.8 million, up $12.3 million or 90.7%, from the comparable period in 2019.  The increase is largely attributable to an increase in salaries and employee benefits expense, which increased $11.1 million or 119.4%, from the comparable period in 2019.  Of this increase, $10.0 million relates to the mortgage division.  Full-time equivalent employees, particularly in the mortgage division, increased from the prior year comparable quarter as we expanded our mortgage division into Maryland with the hiring of nearly 90 individuals since the first quarter of 2020. The number of full time employees at Meridian, particularly in SBA and lease lending, also increased over this period.

Loan expenses increased $300 thousand or 156.3%, from the comparable period in 2019, reflecting the higher levels of loan originations. Occupancy expense increased $162 thousand or 17.1%, from the third quarter of 2019 as the result of rent expense incurred at loan production locations for our mortgage division expansion into Maryland.  Advertising and promotion expense increased $207 thousand, or 36.1%, from the comparable period in 2019.  This increase was due to an increase in the number and length of advertising campaigns in addition to an increase in marketing costs for the mortgage division.  Data processing costs increased $117 thousand or 34.2%, from the third quarter of 2019 as the result of increased loan processing activity from our mortgage division, combined with processing activity relating to PPP loans.  Professional fees decreased $139 thousand or 17.0% due to a decline in legal and consulting expenses.  Other expenses were up $481 thousand or 55.7%, as information technology related costs increased $99 thousand, FDIC and PA shares tax bank assessments due to the growing size of the Corporation increased $180 thousand, combined with an increase of $126 thousand in miscellaneous expenses.

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020 Compared to Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019

Net income was $17.4 million, or $2.82 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 compared to net income of $7.3 million, or $1.14 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2019. The increase was due largely to the increase in net interest income of $7.3 million, combined with increased non-interest income of $34.3 million, partially offset by increases in the provision for loan losses, non-interest expense, and income taxes of $6.2 million, $22.2 million, and $3.2 million, respectively. 

Net interest income increased $7.3 million, or 27.4%, to $34.0 million from $26.7 million, for the nine months ended September 30, 2020.  The growth in net interest income over this period reflects an increase in average interest earning assets of $393.8 million.  The increase in average interest earning assets over this period was the result of the addition of PPP loans in 2020, as well as increases in the average balances of commercial real estate loans, commercial loans, small business loans, and construction loans, along with an increase to the average balance of residential real estate loans held for sale.  The net interest margin declined to 3.33% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 from 3.67% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 due to a decline in the yield on loans of 97 basis points, while the cost of funds also declined over this period by 73 basis points.  The margin over this period was impacted 13 basis points from the effects of the PPP loan program combined with the use of PPPLF borrowings.

The provision for loan losses was $7.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, compared to a $938 thousand provision for the nine months ended September 30, 2019. The provision for the current year period was due largely to qualitative provisioning for the continued economic uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the impact of a $1.5 million specific reserve placed on an impaired commercial loan.

Total non-interest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 was $ 57.0 million, up $34.3 million or 151.5%, from the nine months ended September 30, 2019. This increase in non-interest income came primarily from our mortgage division as mortgage banking net revenue increased $27.8 million or 157.7% over the prior year period.  The significant increase in the current year period came from increased levels of mortgage loan originations due to both the expansion of the division into Maryland as well as the favorable rate environment for refinance activity. Our mortgage division originated $1.5 billion in loans during the nine months ended September 30, 2020, an increase of $895.6 million, or 148.5%, from the prior year period.  Refinance activity represented 59% of the total residential mortgage loans originated for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, compared to 30% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019.  The increase in the mortgage pipeline as a result of the expansion and the refinance activity generated significant positive fair value changes in derivative instruments and loans held-for-sale.  These fair value changes increased non-interest income a combined $10.8 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2019.  These changes were offset by increases in net hedging losses of $6.6 million.

Wealth management revenue increased $127 thousand, or 4.7%, year-over-year due to the more favorable market conditions that existed in the nine months ended September 30, 2020, compared to the prior year comparable period. 

Non-interest income from the sales of investments amounted to $1.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, an increase of $1.1 million from the prior year period, while income from the sales of SBA 7(a) loans increased $671 thousand, or 58.3%, from the prior year period, to $1.8 million. Other fee income was up $504 thousand or 42.7% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, from the nine months ended September 30, 2019 due to $255 thousand in swap fee income recorded in the current year period, combined with increases of $153 thousand and $201 thousand in MLSS fee income, and mortgage fee income, respectively, as loan closing activity increased period-over-period.

Total non-interest expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 was $61.2 million, up $22.2 million or 56.9%, from the nine months ended September 30, 2019.  The increase is largely attributable to the variable expenses from loan originations overall, particularly mortgage commissions.   Total salaries and employee benefits expense was $46.5 million, an increase of $20.7 million or 80.4%, compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2019. Of this increase, $18.9 million relates to the mortgage division.  Full-time equivalent employees, particularly in the mortgage division, increased year-over-year. As noted above, in the first quarter of 2020, we expanded our mortgage division into Maryland with the hiring of nearly 90 individuals year to date.

Loan expenses increased by $628 thousand or 133.1% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, reflecting the higher levels of commercial and consumer loan originations during the current year. Advertising expenses increased by $227 thousand or 12.8% during the nine months ended September 30, 2020, due mainly to an increase in marketing related costs from the mortgage division. Professional fees increased $118 thousand or 5.9%, compared to the prior year period due to a decrease in certain audit related fees and external legal costs, offset by an increase in consulting costs for bank-wide projects.


Balance Sheet Summary

As of September 30, 2020, total assets were $1.8 billion compared with $1.2 billion as of December 31, 2019 and $1.1 billion as of September 30, 2019. Total assets increased $608.6 million, or 52.9%, from December 31, 2019 and $631.7 million, or 56.1%, from September 30, 2019, primarily due to strong loan growth.

Total loans, excluding mortgage loans held-for-sale, grew $342.1 million, or 35.5%, to $1.3 billion as of September 30, 2020, from $964.7 million as of December 31, 2019 and $371.0 million or 39.6% from $935.9 million as of September 30, 2019. The increase in loans for both periods is attributable largely to the $260 million in PPP loans granted to borrowers during the nine months ended September 30, 2020. There was also growth in several commercial categories as we continue to grow our presence in the Philadelphia market area. Commercial real estate loans increased $103.8 million, or 27.8% from December 31, 2019, and $113.3 million, or 31.2% from September 30, 2019. Commercial loans decreased $14.4 million, or 7.2%, from December 31, 2019, and $7.6 million, or 3.9% from September 30, 2019. Small business loans increased $22.8 million, or 104.4% from December 31, 2019, and $29.9 million, or 203.3% from September 30, 2019.  Residential mortgage loans held for sale increased $191.5 million, or 568.0%, to $225.2 million as of September 30, 2020 from $33.7 million at December 31, 2019 and $176.5 million from $48.6 million as of September 30, 2019. The increase in mortgage originations is primarily the result of the expansion of our mortgage division into Maryland as well as the increase in refinance activity throughout all areas of our mortgage division.

Deposits were $1.2 billion as of September 30, 2020, up $357.9 million, or 42.0%, from December 31, 2019, and up $350.6 million, or 40.8%, from September 30, 2019. Non-interest bearing deposits increased $54.4 million, or 39.0%, from December 31, 2019 and increased $64.5 million, or 49.9%, from September 30, 2019. Interest-bearing checking accounts increased $124.2 million, or 131.6%, from December 31, 2019, and increased $138.0 million or 171.3% from September 30, 2019.  Money market accounts/savings accounts increased $185.6 million, or 60.8% since December 31, 2019 and $163.4 million, or 49.9%, since September 30, 2019. Increases in core deposits were driven from PPP loan customers as well as new business and municipal relationships.  Certificates of deposit decreased $6.4 million, or 2.0%, from December 31, 2019 and decreased $15.5 million, or 4.8%, from September 30, 2019.

Consolidated stockholders’ equity of the Corporation was $131.8 million, or 7.50% of total assets as of September 30, 2020, as compared to $120.7 million, or 10.50% of total assets as of December 31, 2019. The change in stockholders’ equity is the result of year-to-date net income of $17.4 million and an increase in unrealized gain on AFS securities of $1.5 million, partially offset by unearned compensation due to leveraged ESOP of $2 million and dividends paid of $756 thousand. As of September 30, 2020, the Tier 1 leverage ratio was 8.77% for the Corporation and 11.53% for the Bank, the Tier 1 risk-based capital and common equity ratios were 9.97% for the Corporation and 13.09% for the Bank, and total risk-based capital was 14.71% for the Corporation and 14.75% for the Bank. Quarter-end numbers show a tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio of 7.26% for the Corporation and 9.51% for the Bank. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure is included in the Appendix.  Tangible book value per share was $20.76 as of September 30, 2020, compared with $18.09 as of December 31, 2019.

Asset Quality Summary

Asset quality remains strong year-over-year despite the pressures that the COVD-19 pandemic has had on businesses and the economy locally and nationally. Meridian realized net charge-offs of 0.01% of total average loans for the quarter ending September 30, 2020, compared with net recoveries of 0.03% for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 and net charge-offs of 0.00% for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. Total non-performing assets, including loans and other real estate property, were $7.9 million as of September 30, 2020, $3.4 million as of December 31, 2019, and $4.0 million as of September 30, 2019. The ratio of non-performing assets to total assets as of September 30, 2020 was 0.45% compared to 0.30% as of December 31, 2019 and 0.36% as of September 30, 2019. The ratio of allowance for loan losses to total loans, was 1.27% as of September 30, 2020, up from the 0.98% recorded as of December 31, 2019 and 1.00% as of September 30, 2019. The ratio of allowance for loan losses to total loans held for investment, excluding loans at fair value and PPP loans (a non-GAAP measure), was 1.59% as of September 30, 2020, up from the 1.00% recorded as of December 31, 2019 and 1.01% as of September 30, 2019. PPP loans are excluded from calculation of this ratio as they are guaranteed by the SBA and therefore we have not provided for in the allowance for loan losses. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure is included in the Appendix.

About Meridian Corporation

Meridian Bank, the wholly owned subsidiary of Meridian Corporation, is an innovative community bank serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland with more than 20 offices and a full suite of financial products and services. Meridian specializes in business and industrial lending, retail and commercial real estate lending, electronic payments, and wealth management solutions through Meridian Wealth Partners. Meridian also offers a broad menu of high-yield depository products supported by robust online and mobile access.  For additional information, visit our website at www.meridianbanker.com.  Member FDIC.

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APPENDIX  -    FINANCIAL RATIOS

               
 Quarterly
 2020  2020  2020  2019  2019 
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)3rd QTR 2nd QTR 1st QTR 4th QTR 3rd QTR
Earnings and Per Share Data              
Net income$ 9,212  $ 5,713  $ 2,516  $ 3,137  $ 3,317 
Basic earnings per common share  1.51    0.94    0.39    0.49    0.52 
Diluted earnings per common share  1.51    0.94    0.39    0.49    0.52 
Common shares outstanding  6,130    6,094    6,094    6,404    6,408 
               
Performance Ratios              
Return on average assets - consolidated 2.29%  1.56%  0.87%  1.13%  1.24%
Return on average equity - consolidated 29.30%  19.16%  8.40%  10.41%  11.29%
Net interest margin (TEY) 3.26%  3.27%  3.49%  3.61%  3.61%
Net interest margin (TEY, excluding PPP loans and borrowings) (1) 3.47%  3.41%  3.49%  3.61%  3.61%
Yield on earning assets (TEY) 4.07%  4.24%  4.98%  5.18%  5.29%
Yield on earning assets (TEY, excluding PPP loans) (1) 4.39%  4.50%  4.98%  5.18%  5.29%
Cost of funds 0.86%  1.09%  1.62%  1.71%  1.83%
Efficiency ratio 62%  70%  74%  77%  73%
               
Asset Quality Ratios              
Net charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans 0.01%  0.00%  0.00%  (0.03%)  0.00%
Non-performing loans/Total loans 0.52%  0.54%  0.58%  0.34%  0.40%
Non-performing assets/Total assets 0.45%  0.47%  0.51%  0.30%  0.36%
Allowance for loan losses/Total loans held for investment 1.27%  1.01%  1.08%  0.98%  1.00%
Allowance for loan losses/Total loans held for investment (excluding loans at fair value and PPP loans) (1) 1.59%  1.27%  1.10%  1.00%  1.01%
Allowance for loan losses/Non-performing loans 209.46%  170.59%  168.28%  281.24%  236.95%
               
Capital Ratios              
Book value per common share$ 21.51  $ 20.60  $ 19.37  $ 18.84  $ 18.38 
Tangible book value per common share$ 20.76  $ 19.84  $ 18.60  $ 18.09  $ 17.62 
Total equity/Total assets 7.50%  7.95%  9.06%  10.50%  10.45%
Tangible common equity/Tangible assets - Corporation (1) 7.26%  7.68%  8.73%  10.12%  10.06%
Tangible common equity/Tangible assets - Bank (1) 9.51%  10.15%  11.77%  13.52%  10.06%
Tier 1 leverage ratio - Corporation 8.77%  8.06%  9.80%  10.55%  10.69%
Tier 1 leverage ratio - Bank 11.53%  10.71%  13.22%  14.08%  10.69%
Common tier 1 risk-based capital ratio - Corporation 9.97%  10.24%  10.12%  11.21%  11.25%
Common tier 1 risk-based capital ratio - Bank 13.09%  13.60%  13.66%  14.98%  11.25%
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio - Corporation 9.97%  10.24%  10.12%  11.21%  11.25%
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio - Bank 13.09%  13.60%  13.66%  14.98%  11.25%
Total risk-based capital ratio - Corporation 14.71%  14.91%  14.80%  16.10%  13.11%
Total risk-based capital ratio - Bank 14.75%  14.91%  14.84%  16.09%  13.11%

      (1)     Non-GAAP measure. See Appendix for Non-GAAP to GAAP reconciliation.


 

             
  Statements of Income (Unaudited) Statements of Income (Unaudited)
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
(Dollars in thousands)    September 30, 2020    September 30, 2019 September 30, 2020 September 30, 2019
Interest Income            
Interest and fees on loans $ 15,321  $ 13,152  $ 43,048  $ 37,686 
Investments and cash   559    438    1,681    1,301 
Total interest income   15,880    13,590    44,729    38,987 
             
Interest Expense            
Deposits   2,235    3,633    8,064    10,584 
Borrowings   930    683    2,687    1,731 
   Total interest expense   3,165    4,316    10,751    12,315 
             
Net interest income   12,715    9,274    33,978    26,672 
Provision for loan losses   3,956    705    7,139    938 
Net interest income after provision for loan losses   8,759    8,569    26,839    25,734 
             
Non-Interest Income            
Mortgage banking income   21,812    7,315    45,395    17,617 
Wealth management income   951    922    2,825    2,698 
SBA income   641    635    1,821    1,150 
Earnings on investment in life insurance   70    74    210    218 
Net change in fair value of derivative instruments   3,028    —    6,346    (16)
Net change in fair value of loans held for sale   2,932    54    4,424    (82)
Net change in fair value of loans held for investment   93    (24)   174    390 
Loss on hedging activity   (2,637)   (300)   (7,363)   (792)
Gain on sale of investment securities available-for-sale   1,290    74    1,345    212 
Unrealized gains on equity securities   34    —    34    — 
Service charges   28    28    77    82 
Other   818    431    1,684    1,179 
Total non-interest income   29,060    9,209    56,972    22,656 
             
Non-Interest Expenses            
Salaries and employee benefits   20,447    9,319    46,529    25,789 
Occupancy and equipment   1,108    946    3,159    2,845 
Loan expenses   492    192    1,100    472 
Professional fees   681    820    2,118    2,000 
Advertising and promotion   781    574    1,996    1,769 
Data processing   460    343    1,260    990 
Information technology   394    334    1,100    919 
Communications   126    155    443    510 
Other   1,345    864    3,447    3,686 
Total non-interest expenses   25,834    13,547    61,152    38,980 
             
Income before income taxes   11,985    4,231    22,659    9,410 
Income tax expense   2,773    914    5,218    2,065 
Net Income  $ 9,212  $ 3,317  $ 17,441  $ 7,345 
             
Weighted-average basic shares outstanding   6,099    6,407    6,172    6,407 
Basic earnings per common share $ 1.51  $ 0.52  $ 2.83  $ 1.15 
             
Adjusted weighted-average diluted shares outstanding   6,110    6,437    6,193    6,436 
Diluted earnings per common share $ 1.51  $ 0.52  $ 2.82  $ 1.14 



               
 Statement of Condition (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)September 30, 2020 June 30, 2020 March 31, 2020 December 31, 2019 September 30, 2019
Assets              
Cash & cash equivalents$ 75,869  $ 46,741  $ 37,522  $ 39,371  $ 40,532 
Investment securities  110,936    104,712    99,324    68,645    61,571 
Mortgage loans held for sale  225,150    117,691    107,506    33,704    48,615 
Loans, net of fees and costs  1,306,846    1,262,968    1,021,561    964,710    935,858 
Allowance for loan losses  (16,573)   (12,706)   (11,098)   (9,513)   (9,312)
Bank premises and equipment, net  8,065    8,284    8,410    8,636    8,929 
Bank owned life insurance  12,069    11,999    11,930    11,859    11,787 
Other real estate owned  —    —    —    120    120 
Goodwill and intangible assets  4,568    4,636    4,704    4,773    4,841 
Other assets  31,718    34,758    23,583    27,714    23,996 
Total Assets$ 1,758,648  $ 1,579,083  $ 1,303,442  $ 1,150,019  $ 1,126,937 
               
Liabilities & Stockholders’ Equity              
Liabilities              
Non-interest bearing deposits$ 193,851  $ 214,367  $ 140,826  $ 139,450  $ 129,302 
Interest bearing deposits              
Interest checking  218,637    212,596    183,381    94,416    80,588 
Money market / savings accounts  491,079    419,886    362,370    305,473    327,643 
Certificates of deposit  305,457    319,848    307,176    311,829    320,928 
Total interest bearing deposits  1,015,173    952,330    852,927    711,718    729,159 
Total deposits  1,209,024    1,166,697    993,753    851,168    858,461 
Borrowings  354,370    232,491    134,730    126,799    131,588 
Subordinated debt  40,814    40,809    40,885    40,962    9,176 
Other liabilities  22,608    13,568    16,041    10,395    9,940 
Total Liabilities  1,626,816    1,453,565    1,185,409    1,029,324    1,009,165 
               
Stockholders' Equity  131,832    125,518    118,033    120,695    117,772 
Total Liabilities & Stockholders’ Equity$ 1,758,648  $ 1,579,083  $ 1,303,442  $ 1,150,019  $ 1,126,937 



               
 Condensed Statements of Income (Unaudited)
 Three Months Ended
(Dollars in thousands)September 30, 2020 June 30, 2020 March 31, 2020 December 31, 2019    September 30, 2019
Interest income$ 15,880 $ 15,055 $ 13,794 $ 13,877  $ 13,590
Interest expense  3,165   3,458   4,128   4,213    4,316
Net interest income  12,715   11,597   9,666   9,664    9,274
Provision for loan losses  3,956   1,631   1,552   (38)   705
Non-interest income  29,060   18,692   9,220   8,343    9,209
Non-interest expense  25,834   21,255   14,063   13,941    13,547
Income before income tax expense  11,985   7,403   3,271   4,104    4,231
Income tax expense  2,773   1,690   755   967    914
Net Income$ 9,212 $ 5,713 $ 2,516 $ 3,137  $ 3,317
               
Weighted-average basic shares outstanding  6,099   6,094   6,383   6,407    6,407
Basic earnings per common share$ 1.51 $ 0.94 $ 0.39 $ 0.49  $ 0.52
               
Adjusted weighted-average diluted shares outstanding  6,110   6,107   6,420   6,443    6,437
Diluted earnings per common share$ 1.51 $ 0.94 $ 0.39 $ 0.49  $ 0.52



                   
  Segment Information
  Three Months Ended September 30, 2020 Three Months Ended September 30, 2019
(Dollars in thousands)    Bank    Wealth    Mortgage    Total    Bank    Wealth    Mortgage    Total
Net interest income $ 12,104  (19)  630  12,715 $ 9,203  4  67  9,274
Provision for loan losses   3,956  —   —  3,956   705  —  —  705
Net interest income after provision   8,148  (19)  630  8,759   8,498  4  67  8,569
Non-interest income   3,256  951   24,853  29,060   1,251  891  7,067  9,209
Non-interest expense   8,829  788   16,217  25,834   6,915  834  5,798  13,547
Income before income taxes $ 2,575  144   9,266  11,985 $ 2,834  61  1,336  4,231



                   
  Segment Information
  Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020 Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019
(Dollars in thousands)    Bank    Wealth    Mortgage    Total    Bank    Wealth    Mortgage    Total
Net interest income $ 32,725  (24)  1,277  33,978 $ 26,437  68  167  26,672
Provision for loan losses   7,139  —   —  7,139   938  —  —  938
Net interest income after provision   25,586  (24)  1,277  26,839   25,499  68  167  25,734
Non-interest income   5,657  2,839   48,476  56,972   2,795  2,588  17,273  22,656
Non-interest expense   23,341  2,363   35,448  61,152   20,312  2,268  16,400  38,980
Income before income taxes $ 7,902  452   14,306  22,659 $ 7,982  388  1,040  9,410


Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Meridian believes that non-GAAP measures are meaningful because they reflect adjustments commonly made by management, investors, regulators and analysts to evaluate performance trends and the adequacy of common equity. This non-GAAP disclosure has limitations as an analytical tool, should not be viewed as a substitute for performance and financial condition measures determined in accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of Meridian’s results as reported under GAAP, nor is it necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies.

                
  Pre-tax, Pre-provision Reconciliation (Unaudited)
  2020 2020 2020 2019  2019
(Dollars in thousands) 3rd QTR 2nd QTR 1st QTR 4th QTR 3rd QTR
Income before income tax expense $11,985 $7,403 $3,271 $4,104  $4,231
Provision for loan losses  3,956  1,631  1,552  (38)  705
Pre-tax, pre-provision income $15,941 $9,034 $4,823 $4,066  $4,936



                
  Reconciliation of PPP / PPPLF Impacted Yields (Unaudited)
  2020  2020  2020  2019  2019 
  3rd QTR 2nd QTR 1st QTR 4th QTR 3rd QTR
Net interest margin (TEY)  3.26%  3.27%  3.49%  3.61%  3.61%
Impact of PPP loans and PPPLF borrowings  0.21%  0.14%   —    —    — 
Net interest margin (TEY, excluding PPP loans and PPPLF borrowings)  3.47%  3.41%  3.49%  3.61%  3.61%
                
Yield on earning assets (TEY)  4.07%  4.24%  4.98%  5.18%  5.29%
Impact of PPP loans  0.32%  0.26%   —    —    — 
Yield on earning assets (TEY, excluding PPP loans)  4.39%  4.50%  4.98%  5.18%  5.29%
                
                
  Reconciliation of Allowance for Loan Losses / Total loans (Unaudited)
  2020  2020  2020  2019  2019 
  3rd QTR 2nd QTR 1st QTR 4th QTR 3rd QTR
Allowance for loan losses / Total loans held for investment  1.27%  1.01%  1.08%  0.98%  1.00%
Less: Impact of loans held for investment - fair valued  0.00%  0.00%  0.02%  0.02%  0.01%
Less: Impact of PPP loans  0.32%  0.26%   —    —    — 
Allowance for loan losses / Total loans held for investment (excl. loans at fair value and PPP loans)  1.59%  1.27%  1.10%  1.00%  1.01%



                
  Tangible Common Equity Ratio Reconciliation - Corporation  (Unaudited)
  2020  2020  2020  2019  2019 
(Dollars in thousands) 3rd QTR 2nd QTR 1st QTR 4th QTR 3rd QTR
Total stockholders' equity $131,832  $125,518  $118,033  $120,695  $117,772 
Less:               
Goodwill and intangible assets  (4,568)  (4,636)  (4,704)  (4,773)  (4,841)
Tangible common equity $127,264  $120,882  $113,329  $115,922  $112,931 
                
Total assets $1,758,648  $1,579,083  $1,303,442  $1,150,019  $1,126,937 
Less:               
Goodwill and intangible assets  (4,568)  (4,636)  (4,704)  (4,773)  (4,841)
Tangible assets $1,754,080  $1,574,447  $1,298,738  $1,145,246  $1,122,096 
Tangible common equity ratio - Corporation  7.26%  7.68%  8.73%  10.12%  10.06%
                



                
  Tangible Common Equity Ratio Reconciliation - Bank  (Unaudited)
  2020  2020  2020  2019  2019 
(Dollars in thousands) 3rd QTR 2nd QTR 1st QTR 4th QTR 3rd QTR
Total stockholders' equity $171,298  $164,446  $157,544  $159,643  $117,772 
Less:               
Goodwill and intangible assets  (4,568)  (4,636)  (4,704)  (4,773)  (4,841)
Tangible common equity $166,730  $159,810  $152,840  $154,870  $112,931 
                
Total assets $1,758,244  $1,579,083  $1,303,282  $1,149,979  $1,126,937 
Less:               
Goodwill and intangible assets  (4,568)  (4,636)  (4,704)  (4,773)  (4,841)
Tangible assets $1,753,676  $1,574,447  $1,298,578  $1,145,206  $1,122,096 
Tangible common equity ratio - Bank  9.51%  10.15%  11.77%  13.52%  10.06%



                
   Tangible Book Value Reconciliation (Unaudited)
  2020 2020 2020 2019 2019
  3rd QTR 2nd QTR 1st QTR 4th QTR 3rd QTR
Book value per common shares $ 21.51 $ 20.60 $ 19.37 $ 18.84 $ 18.38
Less: Impact of goodwill and intangible assets   0.75   0.76   0.77   0.75   0.76
Tangible book value per common share $ 20.76 $ 19.84 $ 18.60 $ 18.09 $ 17.62